If I had all the money in the world I would travel the whole world; twice! Nothing gives you that kick as much as leaving your day to day routine and simply plunging into a completely new environment. The first time I went on a travel adventure I went to South Africa all by my merry little self. I made bookings and hit the road. My parents were worried sick because they thought something tragic would happen to me but nothing did and it was one heck of an astounding experience!
Sadly I’m not as well travelled as I would like to be so I got some travel junkies to help me out with today’s post. After reading this I promise you the first thing you will do is be friends with Google and search for the first flight out of your country.
Photo Credit: @NdiSandra (Twitter)
Prince of Wales View
I recently had the pleasure of travelling to Arusha, Tanzania and I would definitely recommend it as a top destination to visit. As a Zimbabwean I warmed up to it very quickly because it reminded me of home. The people there are so welcoming and friendly and the food is the organic goodness we grew up eating in Zimbabwe. Although I never got an opportunity to sight see as I was on a business trip I managed to visit some of the local Masai markets and the markets in the CBD. The Masai markets boast of beautifully handcrafted proudly Tanzanian pieces; from bags to shoes, to jewellery. If you are looking for souvenirs from your visit to Arusha this is definitely a place to stop by. I also enjoyed the markets in Arusha’s CBD. I’m an avid fan of African print material and in the search for an originally Tanzanian piece the CBD was definitely the place to visit.
The people there are so welcoming and friendly and the food is the organic goodness we grew up eating in Zimbabwe.
Although I never got the chance to go out to try their local cuisine or their braai spots or as they call them “nyama chomas” I think this is a definite must do for anyone visiting Arusha. The night life in Arusha is also something worth exploring. I would say it is different from what I am used to in its simplicity. The prices of alcohol are very reasonable. On a night out we spent about 60 000 shillings on two rounds of drinks (several beers and double whiskeys and cognac orders for four people), which is equivalent to R400. Tanzania seems to have a great appreciation for African music from not only within the East African region but also from the rest of the continent. We enjoyed ourselves dancing to music from Angola, to the DRC and the DJs even accommodated us by playing our favourite Zimbabwean and South African songs.
Due to my limited time there I was unable to visit Mount Meru which is one of the main attractions in the city. Mount Meru is the second highest mountain in Tanzania and is the fourth in Africa. It is a definite must see. Of course there is Mount Kilimanjaro which everyone deserves to see at least once in their life. There is so much one can do in Arusha as the city boasts with many National Parks such as the Serengeti National Park, the Arusha National Park, Ngorongoro National Reserve and Lake Manyara National Park. I would definitely visit Arusha again so I can experience everything it has to offer. – @_____layslee
White Sand Beaches, Mozambique
Image from Google
The White Sand Beaches of Mozambique are on my list of dream destinations. If there is one thing I NEED this year it’s definitely a holiday! I need to get away from all the stresses this country brings me on a daily basis and just enjoy an adventure filled weekend away. I’ve been to Mozambique before but to the boring parts of it and on business so that wasn’t any fun. I have a vivid imagination and I’ve already pictured what my trip will be like once it materialises, at least dreaming is free right?
I will arrive in Mozambique on a Friday evening and check into a medium range hotel. Apparently accommodation in Mozambique is pretty reasonable averaging $24 per person. I can’t go all out high end accommodation because I have a daughter starting Grade School next year(the joys of parenthood). I’m obviously tired from my flight so I settle for an early night. Still deciding if this will be a solo trip or I’ll bump into a chocolate brother over the weekend…
When I’m there I try out everything from the food to the drinks, no time to waste I’m here to have a ball of a time! I’m honestly tired of all the food lately so it will be a welcome change to try out a local dish and definitely delicious sea food; I love all things white meat. As long as it’s prepared in a way that I normally have it I’m going to enjoy every bite of it.
Food of Mozambique (Image from Google)
You know those drinks in coconut shells you see on TV? I want to try them out and I know there is no way they won’t have them in Mozambique. I mean, this is my dream so it’s definitely there. I will have me some sex on the beach both figuratively and literally! How am I going to come all this way and not get laid??? But keep it on the hush, what happens in Mozambique stays in Mozambique…
These are some of the activities you can do when you visit Mozambique and I will try out all of them because life is too short to not go hard.
- Ilha de Mozambique
- Maputo Central Market
- Cocktails at the Polana Hotel
- Swimming with Wild Dolphins (just wait till you see the pictures I will take!)
- Gorongosa National Park
- Sailing in a Traditional Dhow
Don’t forget the walks on the beach. My trip would be incomplete without it. Take a dip every other minute to enjoy the cool water on my skin while taking in the clear blue water. This is the one trip I will be completely off the radar and not even buy a sim card. I will simply take photos of beautiful views and interact with locals and dare to do something different. I can’t wait to visit Mozambique!
What are some of your favourite destinations in Africa? What’s your dream destination and when do you plan on going there?
It’s day 20 of the #30DayAfriBloggerChallenge this is the first time I have ever actually counted down days in a month!